The World Youth Movement for Democracy Secretariat is based at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights offices in Belgrade, Serbia. As a youth wing of the World Movement for Democracy, the World Youth Movement for Democracy is supported by the WMD team as well as by the National Endowment for Democracy.
The Network has since grown to over 1,200 members and is a functional network of the World Movement for Democracy, a global network of democracy activists, practitioners, and scholars. Every 2 years, in an effort to nurture cooperation and solidarity within the network, the World Youth Movement for Democracy elects twelve Leadership Board members, who serve as representatives of the network and their region. Via democratic vote within the network itself, two leaders are chosen to represent each of the five regions: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia; Europe & Eurasia; the Latin America & the Caribbean; and the Middle East & North Africa.
This year we are expanding our team to include an Advisory Board, which will have a facilitating and guiding role within the World Youth Movement for Democracy, helping the Leadership Board and Secretariat with development, activities and content.
The current Leadership Board members are:
Alexander Solovyev is currently a chairman in Open Russia and in 2017 he became the coordinator of the Public Law project. He has worked in the State Duma, as assistant to Duma deputy Dmitry Gudkov. Alexander has also been the technical author of the bill on the return of direct elections of governors and mayors. He is based in Russia.
Dumiso Gatsha is the Founder of Success Capital Organisation, a grass roots youth led, managed and serving NGO that as advocated at the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, UN Special Rapporteur regional consultations and other policy making mechanisms. Dumiso, based in Botswana, is a researcher & Chartered Global Management Accountant having worked/served UNDP, GIZ, Zurich, PwC, IYAFP, Green the Gene, AfriNYPE & Pledger Africa.
Esther Tawiah is the Founder and Executive director of Gender Centre for Empowering Development (GenCED), with extensive experience in gender policy and women’s rights as well as governance and democracy. She is based in Ghana. Esther has over 10 years of experience in gender, election, governance and democracy, multilateral policy engagement & analysis, programme management, dialogue and negotiations and democratization processes. She is Board member of African Movement for Democracy and the initiator of the Young Women Political Leadership School which runs in Ghana, Liberia, The Gambia and Nigeria. Esther is based in Ghana.
Maryam Garba Usman Executive Director Center for Advocacy in Gender and Social Inclusion CAGSI, advocating for equity and social inclusion in Nigeria. She initiated the Open Budget system towards promoting transparency and citizens’ participation in local governments through the Open Budget Initiative in Kano state which is now a policy in Kano since 2017 to date. Maryam is State Coordinator for the Not Too Young to Run Campaign Kano State Nigeria, and member of the African Youth Envoy at the African Youth Congress Against Corruption #AYCAC2018 representing Kano Nigeria.
Mir Balach Khan is a Member of Board of Directors at the Balochistan Institute for Development, an organization that seeks to improve people understanding on democracy, development and rule of law through responsive dialogue, research and participation. Mir has worked on development challenges globally through supporting human rights, health and through the education sector. He has also researched on sustainable education in Balochistan and has provided possible solutions through good governance and policy. Mir is based in Pakistan.
Pragya Lamsal is a Nepal-based development professional and women’s rights activist, focusing especially on menstrual rights and taboos. She is a long-time advocate of the notion that menstrual taboos in Nepal are not a cultural or religious issue but a human right issue. She has been involved in various advocacy campaigns, especially menstrual hygiene, right to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), disability rights, gender equality and equity as well as women’s economic empowerment. Pragya is also a writer and blogger. Her articles have been appeared in various renowned media outlets including The Guardian, The Independent, Girls’ Globe, The Kathmandu Post and more.
Rami Soud co-founded Youth 21, an organization dedicated to community development. The organization, of which he is the CEO, focuses on youth empowerment, social change and entrepreneurship. He is currently based in Jordan, where he is working with youth, focusing on democratic, modern values and global citizenship. Rami worked for HIKAYA Center for Civil Society Development in Jordan which focused on youth development and participation. Rami is also a former Hurford Youth Fellow.